Technology

iPad is most wanted device for children, Wii U second

November 22, 2012

There’s a good chance an Apple device is on the wishlist of US children aged 6-12. — Picture courtesy of ©AppleThere’s a good chance an Apple device is on the wishlist of US children aged 6-12. — Picture courtesy of ©Apple

NEW YORK, Nov 22 — The iPad is top of the pops when it comes to desirability as a kids’ holiday present, and the Nintendo Wii U isn’t doing too badly either, according to an extract from Nielsen’s 360° Gaming Report for next year.

Among US children aged 6-12, 48 per cent said they were interested in obtaining an iPad over the next six-month period, 39 per cent wanted to make room for a Nintendo Wii U, and 36 per cent were eyeing up the iPod Touch and iPad Mini.

That makes the Wii U the most-wanted dedicated gaming device, significantly ahead of the Xbox 360’s Kinect sensor (31 per cent) and Nintendo’s handheld 3DS and DS lines (29 per cent and 28 per cent respectively).

But though the iPad was still the leading device among those over 12, it was less than half as likely to make a wishlist, with 21 per cent interested in making it their own.

A new computer was deemed second most desirable to those 13 and up (19 per cent) — compared with sixth most wanted to younger children, a non-Apple tablet third (18 per cent), and the Nintendo Wii U fourth (17 per cent).

Apple’s competitors had greater traction with an older crowd, where the Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy tablets were potential purchases for 9 per cent and 8 per cent respectively, compared to the iPad mini’s 11 per cent.

Meanwhile the good old iPhone made the wishlist of 14 per cent of the over-12 group compared to 12 per cent for non-iPhone smartphones and 11 per cent for Android smartphones. — AFP-Relaxnews